by Larry Lemmons
Pampa, Texas - Folks in Pampa are amazed and impressed by their new junior high school. They've been able to see inside for the first time on Wednesday.
It's the first major school construction since 1958, and the result of a 47-million dollar bond election about three years ago. Today western builders showed off its work.
One tour was comprised of the Pampa I.S.D. Board of trustees. Rick Fleming, the project manager showed off the space and style of Pampa's newest school. The construction cost is more than 22-million dollars and it's clear the Junior High will have a lot more space. Construction is running on time.
Fleming says, "We actually started construction in January this year. And we're projected to be complete in July 2010. so we're between 60 to 70 percent complete right now. Our goal was to have the building enclosed before winter time came around and we're at that point. We're going to turn on the heat so we can work through winter."
But there have been challenges.
"We had an extremely wet summer this year but we just persevered and struggled through it."
The old Junior High will be used for the District's Administration. The new Junior High will provide the space needed for Pampa students.
Pampa ISD Superintendent, Barry Haenisch says, "This work was done primarily because from a technological point of view and from an instructional point of view we had just outgrown the building we were in."